By Lipakshi Seedhar (Feature Writer)
While a Monday morning brings a lot of sadness to us but this week comes with a little bit of happiness because this week, we all are going to celebrate Krishna Janmashtami and Independence Day. Though there won’t be any grand celebrations because of coronavirus but the enthusiasm will only increase. With such a positive week, here we present some positive news from the past week to make your week a bit more positive:
- Paid full- Kunal Ganna, a resident of Rajajinagar, was so grateful to have recovered from Covid-19 at KC General Hospital in April that he fell at the feet of doctors who saved him. Since then, he has paid back by saving six others by donating plasma, most recently twice within a month.
- Water for all- Covid-19 pandemic seems to be a blessing in disguise for the people of Agrotha village in Badamalehara block in Chhatarpur district. Over 100 migrants along with local villagers cut a mountain to bring water to a pond spread in about 100 acres of land. The work will benefit around 5,000 villagers in the drought-prone Bundelkhand. The pond was repaired under Bundelkhand project 10 years ago at a cost of Rs 10 crore. Earthen bunds were built on two sides of the water body to conserve water. However, the pond could never be filled despite good rainfall as water coming from the forest area over a hillock could never reach it.
- Vocal for local, quite literally- In a bid to promote local languages and enhance general knowledge of children, a group of government teachers has come out with a music album in Garhwali. The album, consisting of 14 Garhwali songs, is based on the history of Uttarakhand. The State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) recently released the album on YouTube. Speaking about the initiative, a government teacher and composer of songs, Nand Kishore Hatwal said, “We decided to use folk songs for educating students as they are popular among every age group. Moreover, it is easy and interesting for children to learn in a rhythmic pattern.” “After working on the project for nearly two years, our team of government teachers has prepared 14 Garhwali songs in a traditional folk music format like jagar (music used to awaken the deities). The SCERT has recently released these songs in order to enhance general knowledge and promote the local language,” Hatwal added.
- The real animal lover- Several people in the city have been feeding community dogs since the lockdown began, but S Kuppuraj is different. Every day, he drives to Avadi to see Cutie, a female dog he translocated, from the Kapaleeshwarar Temple to a friend’s construction site. The technical officer at University of Madras first found Cutie on a stationary tricycle generally used to carry a generator that lights up processions taken out from the Kapaleeshwarar Temple at night. Aware that the temple authorities would kick her out as she was suffering from mange, a skin disease, he took her in his car and freed her at his friend’s construction site. He also ensured she got regular medicines to cure the disease.
- For a sister’s love- A Maoist platoon commander, carrying a bounty of Rs 8 lakh, surrendered in Dantewada on Monday after his sister told him she would tie him a rakhi only when he quits the insurgent outfit and returns home for good. His sister’s love melted Malla, a hardcore Maoist who had left his home in Palnar village at the age of 12 after being taken away by the insurgents. It was his first visit home in 14 years, coinciding with Rakhshabandhan, and his sister Langa refused to let him go back to the world of violence. After a lot of persuasion by his sister, Malla gave in and she immediately led him, by hand, to police to surrender. She tied him a rakhi at the police station.
- A 100 year old fighter- Rukmani Chauhan was born when Spanish Flu was still raging through the world. Now, she has beaten the virus that has triggered the worst global pandemic since then. The 100-year-old woman from Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone district is one of the oldest in the country to have survived Coronavirus. After her Covid report came negative on Sunday, she celebrated by walking up to the terrace for a breath of monsoon air.
- Saving lives- In Mumbai, a 74-year-old kidney failure patient became a saviour for two critically ill patients waiting for organ transplants. His kin donated his liver and lungs after he suffered brain death last week. Their noble gesture marked the first lung donation during the pandemic in the state and also the city’s 24th for the year.
While we are all excited to resume our work, daily life and more than excited for the forthcoming festivals, we should keep in mind that the pandemic is still not over yet. Take all the protections and celebrate the festivals at home as much as possible. If you feel any discomfort in breathing, feel headache, have fever, body ache or any other symptom, just get a test done. Take care of yourself, your family and all the people around you. Stay safe.